Weather Watch 22nd August 2020

Good afternoon and welcome to Saturdays Weather Watch taking a look at the weather for the islands, the UK and around the Globe.

On this Saturday afternoon we are seeing a much cooler and mainly overcast day with some rain this is mainly light with some drizzle. We are seeing some sunshine but this is mainly hazy. Winds are mainly light under 10 mph and the max temp so far today of 15C

We are now going to take a look at the next few days weather. All the images shown below come from the Met office and can be found by following this link https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/maps-and-charts/surface-pressure

Sunday – Across the Western Isles is expected to mainly fine and dry. The odd shower cannot be ruled out. We are going to see a mixture of sunshine and cloud. Breezy and feeling cooler again.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Monday – Overnight lows into the single figures as this slightly cooler spell of weather continues for the Western Isles. We are under a brief ride of high pressure so mainly fine and settled. Light winds and a mixture of sunshine and cloud.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

Tuesday – Now this is the interesting part there is a lot of uncertainty with tuesday for the islands. Another fairly low pressured system is expected to rattle across the UK. Now some not all all model runs are moving this system further north and giving us strong winds and rain in the Western Isles. Met Office warnings are in place for England and Wales ( see below) so it will be interesting to see how this unfolds. Nothing too unusual however this is more like autumn weather then something we would see in August.

Surface pressure - Forecast chart

For for the UK Sunday will be showery again heavy at times and fairly windy. Best of the sunshine and drier conditions for Scotland. Monday feeling chilly and again sunshine and showers widely for parts of England and Wales. Best of the more settled weather in Scotland. As mentioned above turning stormy with gales for Tuesday and Wednesday.

UK Weather News

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for winds for England and Wales for Tuesday into Wednesday

From the chief forecaster at the Met Office

A spell of strong winds is likely to develop across the southwest of England and Wales on Tuesday morning, before spreading east across other parts of England and Wales overnight, clearing into the North Sea on Wednesday afternoon. Gusts of wind are likely to exceed 50 mph for quite a few places, with exposed coasts and hills seeing gusts in excess of 60 mph. Whilst not exceptional, winds this strong are unusual for August, with possible transport disruption and impacts on outdoor activities.

The very latest Met Office warning update can be found here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings#?date=2020-08-25&id=11b08d93-9a9f-42d5-ab25-62f4a79c0e92&details

Yesterday’s windy weather gave this stunning image from Cornwall

Global Weather News

One of the main talking points at the moment is in the Atlantic with two Tropical Storms Laura and Marco heading towards the Gulf of Mexico. Only twice in 1933 and 1959 has there been two named in systems in the Gulf of Mexico at the same time. Still quite a large amount of uncertainty of exact location of where these tropical systems will end up at the start of next week.

Please refer to the National Hurricane Centre website for the very latest.

and finally Antarctic air has reached parts of Australia giving the unusual sight of Kangaroos in the snow.

Thank you for reading. I hope you have enjoyed it. Feedback is always welcome.

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